The Ambassador of the Soviet Union ( Novikov ) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 60

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I have returned to Washington and, in accordance with the agreement reached between the Governments of the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. in regard to the regularization [Page 678] of Lend-Lease, I am ready to begin negotiations on the subject.

I should be grateful if you would communicate to me the desires of the Department of State as to the organization of the negotiations.1

Accept [etc.]

N. Novikov
  1. In his acknowledgment of April 29, Acting Secretary Acheson “proposed that these settlement negotiations be opened at a meeting between Your Excellency and Mr. Willard L. Thorp, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, at one o’clock on Wednesday, April 30, 1947” at the Department of State (861.24/4–2547)